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Executive Committee Minutes -- April 21, 2004 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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MINUTES OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

IN OPEN SESSION

The Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 12 Noon in the Alumni Board Room of the University Club, with members present and absent as follows:

Present:

Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chair
Mr. J. Chester Porter, Vice Chair
Mr. Nathaniel Green, Treasurer
Mr. Michael Sticklen

Absent:

Mr. Owsley Brown Frazier, at large
Ms. Joyce Hagen

Other Trustees Present:

Judge Angela McCormick Bisig (arrived at 12:35 p.m.)
Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Prof. David Ensign
Ms. Jessica Loving

From the University:

Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for University Advancement
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Vice President for Finance and Member, Provost Search Cte.
Dr. Pamela Feldhoff, Assoc. Professor, Biochemistry and Member, Provost Search Cte.
Dr. Richard Feldfhoff, Professor, Biochemistry
Dr William Pierce, Professor Pharmacology and Chair, Ad Hoc President’s Advisory Committee for Administrative Searches
Prof. Carolyn Provenzano, Coordinator for Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired and Member, Provost Search Committee
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President’s Office

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chairman Bridgeman called the meeting to order at

12:20 p.m.

II. Executive Session

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f), Mr. Sticklen made a motion, which Mr. Porter seconded, to go into executive session at 12:22 to discuss a personnel matters. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session of the meeting and reported that during the executive session the Executive Committee discussed a personnel matter. Mr. Greg and Dr. Shirley Willihganz entered the room. Chair Bridgeman noted that the Board of Trustees on April 8, 2004, authorized the Executive Committee to act for the Board in making this appointment. Chair Bridgeman asked Professor David Ensign, Provost Search Committee Chair to introduce the Committee’s recommendation.

Prof. Ensign reported the Provost Search Committee believed the internal search process produced two nationally qualified candidates. The University was fortunate to have two such individuals at its service. After a careful review of the information from the constituency feedback and reference materials, the Committee recommends that Dr. Shirley C. Willihnganz be considered the preferred candidate. Additionally, the Committee believed she clearly possessed the “best fit” attributes required for Provost as identified by the Report of the Ad Hoc President’s Advisory Committee for Administrative Searches. The Committee recognized during the interview process the many advantages the University has at hand to make this decision. Dr. Willihnganz is a respected, trusted, and valued colleague who has spent much of her professional career engaging undergraduate students in the academic process. She enjoys teaching required public speaking classes to Freshmen and Sophomores, and with the same enthusiasm, she relishes the interactions she has with faculty colleagues at Senate, Department, and College meetings. Her dedication to undergraduate education and her resolute action to shape the undergraduate experience into an excellent foundation for career, profession, and quality of life choices persuaded the Committee that she is the “best fit” at this time. The Committee proudly recommends Dr. Willihnganz for this position.

President Ramsey gladly accepted the Committee’s recommendation and thanked Chair Ensign and the members of the Provost Search Committee. President Ramsey also recognized Dr. William Pierce and the members of the Ad Hoc President’s Advisory Committee for Administrative Searches for their excellent work in this process. Mr. Sticklen made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Executive Committee approve the appointment of Dr. Shirley C. Willihnganz as the University’s Executive Vice President and Provost effective immediately.

The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Adjournment

Mr. Sticklen made a motion, which Mr. Porter seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 12:44 p.m. The motion passed unanimously


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